When: Wednesday, January 22nd, Time TBD.
Where: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia
Head to Head Record: Tsitsipas leads 2-0
Most recent meeting: 2018 Stockholm Open, Tsitsipas 2-0, 6-3 7-6(4)
Tsitsipas’ big break came in last year’s Australian Open.
The Greek, one of ATP’s Next Gen stars, upset Roger Federer in the major’s quarterfinal match.
It cemented his place among the new generation of promising young players.
While Tsitsipas failed to repeat his success at the other three majors, the young Greek bounced back at the ATP Finals.
He defeated Federer again, this time in the semifinals, and won the title over Dominic Thiem.
Unlike last year’s Australian Open, Tsitsipas is now considered one of the top players in the world.
He also needs to defend a hefty amount of points and needs another deep run in order to do so.
Kohlschreiber, one of the oldest players in the tournament, could advance to the third round for the sixth time in 14 Australian Open appearances.
ATP Ranking: #5,375 points
2020 Record: 1-2, 0 titles
Prize Money: $239,400
Tsitsipas’ year started with the ATP Cup, along with Team Greece.
He had a disappointing showing, winning only one of three matches.
While the reigning ATP Finals champion did beat a top 10 player, Alexander Zverev, he dropped matches to Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov.
The Australian Open is his second tournament of the new year.
He had a fairly uneventful first-round match, defeating Salvatore Caruso in straight sets while dropping only five games.
His matchup versus Kohlschreiber shouldn’t be much different from this.
ATP Ranking: #79, 700 points
2020 Record: 1-0, 0 titles
Prize Money: $21,600
Kohlschreiber had not played in an ATP Tour event this year prior to the Australian Open.
He did, however, win ATP Challenger Tour Canberra International, which means that he holds a perfect record in 2020.
His first ATP Tour match of the year went really well, as the veteran scored a 3-0 victory over Marcus Giron in the first round.
Kohlschreiber will now have a much tougher matchup, however, and will need to pull off a massive upset in order to advance.
Tsitsipas already holds a 2-0 head to head record versus Kohlschreiber, and there is little reason to believe he won’t add a third win.
The two haven’t faced each other in an ATP Tour match since 2018.
During that span, Tsitsipas went from being a promising Next Gen star to a slam semi-finalist and ATP Finals champion.
It’s also worth pointing out that Tsitsipas’ wins over Kohlschreiber were on the hard surface.
In other words, he is the clear-cut favorite for their third meeting.
Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-0
Spread: Stefanos Tsitsipas -8.5
Points: Under 29.5
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